Walk brings community together
or the third year in a row, the Mullum to Bruns Run and Walk was blessed with the kind of idyllic sunny weather event organisers dream of.
Even at 7am, as the lycra-clad hoards huddled in the shade of Park Street at Brunswick Heads waiting for shuttle buses, there was a buzz in the warm air.
People chatted with friends and family and strangers as they stretched and prepared for the physical challenge ahead. They were already pleased they’d got out of bed on this sunny day. And that was before they’d taken their first step on the hilly 8.4km or 10km route.
“To see people smiling, that’s what motivates me,” event organiser Mehil Beckerman said at the Banner Park finish line.
And there was plenty to smile about on Sunday. Although numbers overall were down a bit from last year, there were more participants running.
First male across the line at 34:18.15 was Andrew Arkinstall from Tallai. First female was Sharon Ryder from Currumbin, who finished in 40:42.89.
The event also enjoyed the support of more volunteers than ever before.
According to Chris Foster from the Brunswick Valley Rescue Squad, around 172 people generously gave up their time to work behind the scenes, at the schools and on the roads. The event began on time at 8.15am and seemed to run seamlessly.
“It’s a great day out and one of the few events that really supports the community,” Mr Foster said.
This year the Mullum to Bruns Run and Walk raised funds for the Brunswick Valley Rescue Squad, the Brunswick Volunteer Marine Rescue, the Mullumbimby Rural Fire Brigade and the Byron Shire SES.
In return, the four organisations worked together co-ordinating volunteers, ensuring everything went to plan.
With its ‘Moving towards change’ motto, the event also promoted the Byron Shire Council and Rous Water ‘Walk for Water’ initiative. It was well-received by the crowd as event participants and their families lined up to make a pledge to save water by taking some simple actions.
Byron Council’s Jude Mason told the crowd at Banner Park that while we can choose to run or walk this distance once a year, people from other countries walk 10km every day for a bucket of water.
Ellen Briggs, who is on the ‘committee of three’ organisers for this year’s event, said they would be looking to grow the committee next year and encouraged anyone interested in getting involved to email firstname.lastname@example.org.